Ellen reflects on her internship at Hear and Say
Last month we were thrilled to have Ellen, a UQ journalism student, intern with us supporting the Marketing, Communications and Fundraising team members. Ellen provided excellent support over her time with us and has shared her experiences with us in this short blog below.
The bare brick wall with graffiti surprised me, the sunny outside area with grass and chalkboards made me smile and standing in the viewing room listening to stories of what it’s like to be present when a child hears for the first item almost brought me to tears.
When I came to Hear and Say as a journalism and marketing intern I was excited to learn lots about working with media and how non-for-profit organisations run from a business point of view; little did I know that this would be a small part of my personal experience and growth.
When reflecting on my time at Hear and Say, I immediately think of the murals. Hidden within the murals are pieces of the old graffiti; the history of the building and of Hear and Say has been delicately woven into the new painting. The clever incorporation of the past in a mural that is symbolic of present values and future goals is very relevant to my own life.
I am set to graduate from university in July so I am constantly being asked what I will do when I finish. Growing up in a rural town part of me wants to move to a smaller community, part of me wants to go and explore cities around the world and part of me wants to stay right here in Brisbane. Truth be told I have no idea where I will be in six months’ time but I do know that my time at Hear and Say will form part of my own ‘mural’.
Going forward, I know that I will draw on the knowledge I gained from my Hear and Say experience. From the things I expected to learn, like media representation and fundraising methods, to things that took me by surprise, like understanding how a cochlear implant works; these are all now woven into my personal painting.
Hear and Say has such an amazing community of staff and families and I feel very privileged to have had temporarily been a part of this. Thank you to everyone who helped me have such a wonderful experience.
Thanks Ellen, we loved having you on the team and wish you well for your studies and, what we know will be an exciting future ahead of you.
On behalf of the Hear and Say Team.